|By Carmelo Turdo|
DreamBig Entertainment was was founded in 2010 to offer the public a way to appreciate aviation history through the experience of being in a real fighter jet cockpit. Since then, the mission has grown to include supporting STEM education and enhancing the value of aviation events through creative theme-oriented marketing. The Hornet joined the A-7D Corsair II and F-101 Voodoo cockpits on tour last year, and it continues to be a popular attraction as the anticipation grows for the Top Gun: Maverick movie release.
The Gateway Youth Aeronautical Foundation uses the F-4 Phantom II cockpit exhibit as a community outreach to inspire the next generation to pursue aviation careers. In just over a year, the Foundation has refreshed and repainted the cockpit and has participated in events around the St. Louis area. The Foundation also offers other STEM-related programs, including a Bell OH-58 restoration, flight simulator lab and hands-on activities for young students. The F-4 Phantom cockpit will also be featured in the upcoming Youth Aviation Day event on June 5 at Creve Coeur Airport.